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'In wrong game' as already paid fine

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'In wrong game' as already paid fine

A Graiguecullen man expressed his opinion to the district court that he was “in the wrong game”, after claiming that he was being asked to pay the same fine twice for a public order offence.

Paul Delaney, 37, of 9 Slatty Street, Graiguecullen, was charged with being intoxicated, at the Abbeyleix Road, Portlaoise, on March 27, 2017.

The accused said he was pleading not guilty, as he had already paid a fixed penalty notice of €150.

He told the court: “One garda did me inside (the garda station) and then another did me outside it.”

While Judge Staine and the gardaí endeavoured to clarify what had happened, the accused said: “Can I come back a different day? I’m losing money standing here.” He then remarked: “I’m in the wrong game.”

Reading the relevant paperwork, Judge Staines said she could see what had happened. She noted that the accused had not paid the penalty within the correct period, but the money had still been taken from him. The judge said that the money should not have been taken from him and ruled that he had paid the fine.

In that event, the charge was struck out.